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NBCSN Opens Season with Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks Hosting New York Rangers in Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET

2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Features Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins from Gillette Stadium on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Presents Exclusive Coverage of 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series: Blackhawks-Wild from TDF Bank Stadium on Feb. 21; Red Wings-Avalanche from Coors Field on Feb. 27 in Primetime

NBCSN Presents Coverage of 2016 NHL All-Star from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Jan. 29-31

Sunday Night Hockey Returns to NBCSN with 12 Matchups

NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All 105 Regular-Season Games Airing on NBC and NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. -- July 27, 2015 – Coming off the second-most watched Stanley Cup Final on record, and the third-most watched NHL postseason in the last 18 years, NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 105 NHL regular-season games during the 2015-16 season, featuring 12 games on NBC and 93 games on NBCSN. The 105 regular-season games are the most ever scheduled across NBC Sports Group heading into a season. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Schedule highlights include:

  • Opening Night doubleheaders on Oct. 7 on NBCSN, beginning with a Wednesday Night Rivalry Original Six matchup between the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. ET, as the Blackhawks raise their 2015 Stanley Cup Championship banner to the United Center rafters. Opening Night coverage continues with a Wednesday Nightcap at 10:30 p.m. ET, when the Los Angeles Kings host the rival San Jose Sharks.

  • NBC will present the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins from Gillette Stadium, home of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

  • NBC will air exclusive coverage of the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, featuring the Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild on Sunday, Feb. 21 from TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota, and the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies, on Saturday, Feb. 27 in primetime.

  • NBCSN will present coverage of the NHL All-Star Game from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., home of the Nashville Predators. NHL All-Star will take place Friday, Jan. 29 through Sunday, Jan. 31, and will include the NHL Fantasy Draft, NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ and the NHL All-Star Game.

  • NBC airs the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown with a doubleheader on Black Friday, beginning at 1 p.m. ET when the Boston Bruins host the Rangers. Thanksgiving Showdown shifts to the west coast at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a rematch of the Western Conference Final, as the Anaheim Ducks host the Blackhawks.

  • NBC and NBCSN will combine to showcase a tripleheader on Hockey Day In America on Sunday, February 21. The action starts on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET, when the Buffalo Sabres host the Pittsburgh Penguins, followed by the NHL Stadium Series at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, with the Wild and Blackhawks. Hockey Day In America shifts to NBCSN with an Original Six matchup to close out the tripleheader, as the Rangers host the Detroit Red Wings.

  • The 2015-16 regular season on NBCSN will feature 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry telecasts, plus six Wednesday Nightcaps that will showcase Western Conference teams, including the Kings, Sharks and Avalanche.

  • NBCSN will air 12 Sunday Night Hockey matchups on NBCSN, beginning on January 10. Matchups include Penguins-Capitals, Lightning-Bruins, Blues-Wild, and Maple Leafs-Red Wings, in which first-year Toronto head coach Mike Babcock returns to Detroit to face the team he led for the past decade.
  • The Blackhawks, Rangers, Penguins, Red Wings, Wild, Avalanche and Blues will each make 12 exclusive appearances across NBC and NBCSN, followed by four teams that will appear 11 times. The Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Lightning will make eight exclusive appearances across NBC and NBCSN. Teams may appear more than 12 times, but those games are subject to local blackouts.

  • NBC and NBCSN will air rematches of the 2015 Eastern and Western Conference Finals. NBC will present Blackhawks-Ducks as part of the Thanksgiving Showdown doubleheader on Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. ET. NBCSN will present Rangers-Lightning on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and will also provide coverage of their matchup in New York on April 5, in what will be Tampa Bay’s first visit to Madison Square Garden since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

  • Rangers-Penguins, Blackhawks-Wild, Capitals-Flyers, Penguins-Capitals and Kings-Sharks are the most featured regular-season matchups, each appearing three times across NBC and NBCSN.

  • NBCSN will provide coverage of the first NHL matchup on U.S. soil between 2015 top NHL draft picks Connor McDavid (No. 1, Edmonton) and Jack Eichel (No. 2, Buffalo), when the Buffalo Sabres host the Edmonton Oilers on March 1.

  • 57 of NBC and NBCSN’s 105 telecasts feature at least one Western Conference team, and every U.S. team will appear on NBC or NBCSN in the regular season.

  • Bonus games may be added to the schedule once the season is underway.


NBCSN will televise 93 NHL regular-season games this season, including the Opening Night doubleheader, 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry games, 6 Wednesday Nightcaps, 12 Sunday Night Hockey contests, and NHL All-Star coverage.

NBCSN coverage begins on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show, leading into coverage of Rangers-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry game from United Center in Chicago, Ill., at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to Los Angeles immediately following Rangers-Blackhawks for the Wednesday Nightcap, featuring the Sharks and Kings.


NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 27 at 1 p.m. ET, with the Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Boston Bruins, marking the first of 12 games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on January 24, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons.


The annual NHL Winter Classic will take place on January 1, 2016, at Gillette Stadium, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass., and will feature the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Boston Bruins. The 2016 NHL Winter Classic will be broadcast on NBC at 1 p.m. ET. Created in 2008, the NHL Winter Classic has produced the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 39 years.

In addition, NBC will present exclusive coverage of the NHL Stadium Series, featuring a pair of games this season. The first Stadium Series game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 21 as part of NBC Sports Group’s Hockey Day In America tripleheader, when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Minnesota Wild at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The second Stadium Series game will be played at Coors Field, home of MLB’s Colorado Rockies, in Denver, Colo., on Saturday, Feb. 27, featuring the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche.


NBCSN’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a third season and will feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Flyers-Bruins, Blues-Blackhawks, Rangers-Islanders and Penguins-Capitals. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 24 weeks, with games usually starting at 8 p.m. ET. WNR begins Wednesday, October 7 with Opening Night coverage between the Rangers and Blackhawks.

Last year’s Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage averaged 565,000 viewers, including NBCSN’s opening night presentation of Bruins-Flyers, which averaged 956,000 viewers to mark the most-watched cable season opener on record. Seven of last year’s 10 most-watched NHL regular-season games on NBCSN were Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups.

NBCSN 2015-16 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):

DateAwayHomeTime (ET)
October 7N.Y. RangersChicago8 p.m.
October 14ChicagoPhiladelphia8 p.m.
October 21PhiladelphiaBoston8 p.m.
October 28PittsburghWashington8 p.m.
November 4St. LouisChicago8 p.m.
November 11MontrealPittsburgh7:30 p.m.
November 18WashingtonDetroit8 p.m.
December 2N.Y. RangersN.Y. Islanders8 p.m.
December 9BostonMontreal7:30 p.m.
December 16PittsburghBoston8 p.m.
January 6PittsburghChicago8 p.m.
January 13BostonPhiladelphia8 p.m.
January 20St. LouisDetroit8 p.m.
January 27PhiladelphiaWashington8 p.m.
February 3DetroitTampa Bay8 p.m.
February 10N.Y. RangersPittsburgh8 p.m.
February 17ChicagoN.Y. Rangers8 p.m.
February 24PittsburghBoston7:30 p.m.
March 2ChicagoDetroit8 p.m.
March 9ChicagoSt. Louis8 p.m.
March 16PhiladelphiaChicago8 p.m.
March 23BostonN.Y. Rangers8 p.m.
March 30WashingtonPhiladelphia8 p.m.
April 6PhiladelphiaDetroit8 p.m.


In addition, NBCSN will present six games on Wednesday nights that will immediately follow Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups. These nightcaps will showcase one or two Western Conference teams. The first of these games will take place on Opening Night, when San Jose visits Los Angeles following Rangers-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage. Following are the six Wednesday Nightcap games:

DateAwayHomeTime (ET)
October 7San JoseLos Angeles10 p.m.
October 28NashvilleSan Jose10:30 p.m.
December 9PittsburghColorado10 p.m.
January 20MinnesotaAnaheim10:30 p.m.
January 27ColoradoLos Angeles10:30 p.m.
February 24San JoseColorado10 p.m.


Beginning on January 10, NBCSN will present 12 Sunday Night Hockey matchups. These contests include Red Wings-Rangers, Lightning-Bruins, Blues-Wild and Capitals-Penguins. The Rangers and Wild lead the league with three Sunday Night Hockey appearances apiece. Following is NBCSN’s Sunday Night Hockey schedule:

DateAwayHomeTime (ET)
January 10New JerseyMinnesota8 p.m.
January 17PhiladelphiaDetroit7:30 p.m.
February 14PhiladelphiaN.Y. Rangers7:30 p.m.
February 21DetroitN.Y. Rangers7 p.m.
February 28Tampa BayBoston6 p.m.
February 28Los AngelesAnaheim9 p.m.
March 6St. LouisMinnesota8 p.m.
March 13TorontoDetroit7:30 p.m.
March 20WashingtonPittsburgh6 p.m.
March 20MinnesotaChicago8:30 p.m.
March 27N.Y. RangersPittsburgh7:30 p.m.
April 3St. LouisColorado8 p.m.


NBCSN will present extensive coverage of the 2016 NHL All-Star from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., home of the Nashville Predators. NHL All-Star will take place January 29-31, 2016, and will include the NHL Fantasy Draft on Friday, January 29, NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, January 30, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, January 31.


NHL studio programming throughout much of the 2015-16 season will originate from NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center, located in Stamford, Conn.

NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups, will air before and after most games. A 60-minute edition of NHL Live will air prior to most games, while a 30-minute post-game show, NHL Overtime, will air immediately following most games.


NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream comprehensive coverage of the NHL regular season via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.

NBC Sports Group 2015-16 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):

DateAwayHomeNetworkTime (ET)
Wed., Oct. 7N.Y. RangersChicagoNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 7San JoseLos AngelesNBCSN10 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 8MinnesotaColoradoNBCSN9 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 13Tampa BayDetroitNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 14ChicagoPhiladelphiaNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 20DallasPhiladelphiaNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 21PhiladelphiaBostonNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 27Tampa BaySt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 28PittsburghWashingtonNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 28NashvilleSan JoseNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 3Los AngelesSt. LouisNBCSN8:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 4St. LouisChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 10BuffaloTampa BayNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 11MontrealPittsburghNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 17MinnesotaPittsburghNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 18WashingtonDetroitNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 25PhiladelphiaN.Y. IslandersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 25ChicagoSan JoseNBCSN10 p.m.
Fri., Nov 27N.Y. RangersBostonNBC1 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 27ChicagoAnaheimNBCSN5 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 1MinnesotaChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 1PittsburghSan JoseNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 2N.Y. RangersN.Y. IslandersNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 8DetroitWashingtonNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 9BostonMontrealNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 9PittsburghColoradoNBCSN10 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 15ColoradoChicagoNBCSN8:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 16PittsburghBostonNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 22MontrealMinnesotaNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 22San JoseLos AngelesNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 29NashvilleSt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 30N.Y. RangersTampa BayNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 30PhiladelphiaSan JoseNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 1MontrealBostonNBC1 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 4Los AngelesColoradoNBCSN9 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 5MontrealPhiladelphiaNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 6PittsburghChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 7PhiladelphiaMinnesotaNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 10New JerseyMinnesotaNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 12Tampa BayColoradoNBCSN9 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 13BostonPhiladelphiaNBCSN8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 14ChicagoMontrealNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 17PhiladelphiaDetroitNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 18PittsburghSt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 19ChicagoNashvilleNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20St. LouisDetroitNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20MinnesotaAnaheimNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 24PittsburghWashingtonNBC12:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 25BuffaloN.Y. RangersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan 26ChicagoCarolinaNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan 26ColoradoSan JoseNBCSN10 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 27PhiladelphiaWashingtonNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 27ColoradoLos AngelesNBCSN10:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 2FloridaWashingtonNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 3DetroitTampa BayNBCSN8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 4N.Y. IslandersWashingtonNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 4AnaheimLos AngelesNBCSN10 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 7PhiladelphiaWashingtonNBC12 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 9DallasMinnesotaNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 10N.Y. RangersPittsburghNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 14BostonDetroitNBC3 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 14PhiladelphiaN.Y. RangersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 16DallasSt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 17ChicagoN.Y. RangersNBCSN8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 18DetroitPittsburghNBCSN7 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 21PittsburghBuffaloNBC12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 21ChicagoMinnesotaNBC3:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 21DetroitN.Y. RangersNBCSN7 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 22San JoseSt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 23ColumbusDetroitNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 24PittsburghBostonNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 24San JoseColoradoNBCSN10 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 25NashvilleChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 27DetroitColoradoNBC8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 28WashingtonChicagoNBC12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 28Tampa BayBostonNBCSN6:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb 28Los AngelesAnaheimNBCSN9 p.m.
Tues., March 1EdmontonBuffaloNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 2ChicagoDetroitNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., March 6St. LouisMinnesotaNBCSN8 p.m.
Mon., March 7ArizonaColoradoNBCSN9 p.m.
Tues., March 8PittsburghN.Y. IslandersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 9ChicagoSt. LouisNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., March 13PittsburghN.Y. RangersNBC12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 13TorontoDetroitNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 14Los AngelesChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., March 15DetroitPhiladelphiaNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., March 15BostonSan JoseNBCSN10 p.m.
Wed., March 16PhiladelphiaChicagoNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., March 20WashingtonPittsburghNBCSN6 p.m.
Sun., March 20MinnesotaChicagoNBCSN8:30 p.m.
Mon., March 21PhiladelphiaN.Y. IslandersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Tues., March 22Los AngelesMinnesotaNBCSN8:30 p.m.
Wed., March 23BostonN.Y. RangersNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., March 27N.Y. RangersPittsburghNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 28BuffaloDetroitNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 28Los AngelesSan JoseNBCSN10 p.m.
Tues., March 29ColoradoSt. LouisNBCSN8:30 p.m.
Wed., March 30WashingtonPhiladelphiaNBCSN8 p.m.
Sun., April 3BostonChicagoNBC12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 3St. LouisColoradoNBCSN8 p.m.
Tues., April 5Tampa BayN.Y. RangersNBCSN7:30 p.m.
Wed., April 6PhiladelphiaDetroitNBCSN8 p.m.
Sat., April 9PittsburghPhiladelphiaNBC3 p.m.

*Some NBCSN games will be blacked out in local markets and televised by a regional carrier in those markets.